This new mission, carried out end of January in Kenya by our volunteer colleagues Gregory H., Antoine D. and Tony MdH., allowed the electrical securing of a dryer and dehumidifier for spirulina.
These devices are essential to the production of spirulina produced by this Kenyan farm, set up by the association ‘Secteur 10’ in 2015, association active in the fight against hunger in Africa. The spirulina is then free of charge distributed to deficient or malnourished children in nearby clinics and schools. For this reasons, the association Secteur 10 has requested the help of Energy Assistance to overcome the numerous power cuts of the Kenyan electrical network, which hinder the drying and the production of spirulina.
After nearly 3 years of work to realize the feasibility study, the study of the needs, the purchase of the material and the sending to Kenya with its multiple rebounds related to problems of customs clearance and covid-19, the mission of our volunteers could finally be programmed at the beginning of 2022.
Warmly welcomed by the team of Secteur 10 on the spot, our volunteers, with the help of their hosts, installed 3 WKS inverters of 5kVA each, 10 Lithium batteries of 2.4 kWh as well as 36 panels of 320 Wp which allow the spirulina farm to be independent from an energy point of view.
And of course, this week of work ended with the necessary training of the local managers in the operation of the installation.
Discover the video of the mission by clicking on the image below:
Thanks to Gregory H., Antoine D. and Tony MdH for their dedication and thanks to Secteur 10 for the welcome, for this beautiful collaboration and for the beautiful Energy Assistance logo hand painted by the beneficiaries.
Our beneficiaries thank us:
“Just a quick email to thank you for making the installation of the photovoltaic panels possible on our spirulina farm in Kenya. The mission on site ended mid-February for the Energy Assistance volunteers. Since then, everything has been working and the time with them went very well.
We are delighted to be totally independent from an energy point of view, to no longer have to suffer power cuts from the network, and also to be able to make big savings (about 1500 to 2000€ / year). The funds will be used to finance concrete humanitarian actions rather than to finance energy.
So, a BIG thank you ! And we look forward to being in touch again.”
The reward of our volunteers can be seen in the eyes of the children who are celebrating them at the inauguration of the installation by the authorities!
A few kilometers from Ahero and Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, on Lake Victoria, the Ayeweyo primary school, threatened with ruin and having lost the approval of the Kenyan state, is rebuilt thanks vzw Kitanda from Brugges and the kenian NGO Ebenezer.
Energy Assistance is then requested to feed by 2 kWc of photovoltaic panels, class lighting and administrative premises, PC’s, a fridge and outdoor security lighting.
After an in-depth study of the file by Georges Buxin (ex-Tractebel), Roland Rosseel (ex-Electrabel) took over the project an the organization of the mission en is confronted with numerous difficulties bound to the new Kenyan rules concerning the customs clearance of thematérael, After a year lost to getting in order, the material finally arrives at destination via Mombasa.
Despite the usual hazards (material to be bought locally, reality different from plans, …), the mission on the field is conducted quicly and efficiently. Another great achievement of Energy Assistance, duly thanked and congratulated by Kitanda.
Volunteers: Frederik Claerhout (Cofely), Pawel Jedrych (Cofely), Tom Detavernier (Electrabel) and with the effective help of Ebenezer volunteers